It’s hard to believe the month of January is just about over. I’m starting to realize that January can be a tricky month for many of us, at least those I’ve talked to the last couple of weeks. At first I thought it was just me, but it seems like the month of January has a bit of a metaphoric ebb and flow. It starts off really strong, a fresh start full of ideas, goals and intentions. Then we crash a bit, feeling that post holiday exhaustion that hits us around the second week. By the third week we are realizing we haven’t started on any of those goals or intentions we had planned for so maybe a little stress and discouragement kicks in and we start to feel somewhat down. Well, here we are in the last week in January…the January blues are behind us and it’s time to really kick off the New Year. At least this is what happens to me…and it seems to happen pretty much every year too!
One of those intentions for me (and I’m sure so many) is to get back in shape and back into a good workout routine. I stayed active over the holidays, but mostly just by taking stroller walks. And that was fine. I am now in a place where I’m ready to kick it up a notch and really start focusing on building my strength and fitness, running more as well as building muscle. I have been in a slump at my gym for a while so I finally made the switch to join my husband’s gym last week and I am so glad I did. The main reason I didn’t do this sooner was that his gym didn’t have child care and with a little one home during the day that was a big deal for me obviously. A lightbulb finally went off and I realized that if I wanted to really make the changes I want to make I was going to have to get a little uncomfortable. Translate: Work out at 5 am before the family wakes up. Translate: Wake up at 4:20 to get to the gym at 5am. Translate: What in the world?!